Linguistics 333: Human language and animal communication systems
UNC-Chapel Hill Linguistics
Spring 2019
Elliott Moreton

2019 May 2 (Th), 4 p.m.: Robin project writeups due

2019 May 1 (W, Reading Day): 1:00--2:40: Robin project presentations (double class)

2019 April 30 (T), 12 noon: FINAL EXAM

2019 April 26 (F, LDOC): REVIEW DAY

2019 April 24 (W):

Topics: Innately constrained iterated learning and the emergence of species-typical patterns. Wrap-up.

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2019 April 22 (M): NONE

2019 April 17 (W)

Topics: Innately constrained learning in humans

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Assignment for 4/24 (W): Read Fehér, Olga, Haibin Wang, Sigal Saar, Partha P. Mitra, and Ofer Tchernikovski (2009). De novo establishment of wild-type song culture in the zebra finch. Nature 459 (28):564--568.

2019 April 15 (M)

Topics: Innately constrained learning in humans

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2019 April 12 (F)

Topics: Vocal plasticity in non-human primates.

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Assignment for 4/17 W: Read Berent et al. 2008, with reading guide (on Sakai). Once again, please write short answers to the reading-guide questions and upload as .pdf or .txt file to Sakai dropbox by noon on 4/17 W. (Will count as final 1/3 of a homework.)

2019 April 10 (W)

Topics: Critical (sensitive) periods in birdsong and language acquisition.

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2019 April 8 (M)

Topics: Auditory-template model of birdsong acquisition

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Assignment for 4/10 W: Read Newport 2002 on sensitive periods in human language acquisition (on Sakai).

2019 April 5 (F)

Topics: Closed- vs. open-ended learning. Developmental stages of birdsong. Class:

Assignment for 4/8 (M)

2019 April 3 (W)

Topics: Natural evidence for learning: Song dialects

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2019 April 1 (M)

Topics: Unlearned songs

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2019 March 29 (F)

Topics: Context for the acquisition unit.

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2019 March 27 (W)

Topics: Robin project. Making field recordings.

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Assignment for 4/5 F: Record one robin (per partnership)! This link has examples of robin sounds, so you can get used to locating robins by ear.

2019 March 25 (M)

MIDTERM 2: Combinatorial structure

Assignment for 3/27 W: Dress for outdoor class. See weather predictions here.

2019 March 22 (F)

Topics: Inadequacy of context-free phrase-structure grammars for human language.

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Assignment for 3/25 M: Prepare for Midterm 2.

2019 March 20 (W)

Topics: Inadequacy of finite-state machines for human syntax. Context-free phrase structure grammars and context-free languages.

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Assignment for Friday, March 22:

2019 March 18 (M)

Topics: Combinatorial complexity: The limits of finite-state machines.

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Assignment for Wednesday, March 20: Read Chomsky 1957, Ch. 3, with reading guide (on Sakai). Think about why the examples in (10) on p. 21 are not recognizable by finite-state machines.

Reminder: The second midterm is a week from today (3/25 M). The midterm syllabus is on Sakai, under Resources.

SPRING BREAK

2019 March 8 (F)

Topics: Combinatorial syntax with compositional semantics in nonhumans?

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2019 March 6 (W)

Topics: Combinatorial syntax and compositional semantics.

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Assignment: Announcement: Midterm 2 will be on Monday, March 25th.

2019 March 4 (M)

Topics: Combinatorial structure of primate vocalizations, as exemplified by the titi monkey Callicebus moloch (Robinson 1979).

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2019 March 1 (F)

Topics: From song corpus to finite-state model

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Assignment for 3/4 M: Read Robinson (1979) on Callicebus moloch, with reading guide (both on Sakai)

2019 Feb. 27 (W)

Topics: First-order Markov processes.

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2019 Feb. 25 (M)

Topics: Finite-state syntax in birdsong. In-class problems using JFLAP.

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Assignment for 3/1 F: HW 3 (FSMs for Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Flammulated Attila)

2019 Feb. 22 (F)

Topics: Finite-state syntax in birdsong. Discussion of Honda & Okanoya 1999 reading. In-class problems using Praat.

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Assignment: For Monday, Feb. 25: Read Kroodsma 2005:255-267 (song syntax in the Hermit Thrush), and listen to the accompanying sound file. Note use of words "senior honors thesis".

Announcement: "SpectroNoms", an informal weekly meeting for reading spectrograms, is on Fridays at 1:25 in Smith Building, Room 103B. All are welcome

2019 Feb. 20 (W)

Topics: Structure in vocalizations.

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2019 Feb. 18 (M)

Topics: Comparative-phonetics midterm. Hockett's "design features"

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Assignment for 2/20 W: Read Catchpole & Slater 2008, Ch. 8, through end of Section 3 (Sakai).

2019 Feb. 15 (F)

MIDTERM 1

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2019 Feb. 13 (W)

Topics: Avian vocalization. Sound-size symbolism.

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2019 Feb. 13 (M)

Topics: Non-human primate vocal potential. Songbird phonetics, Part I: Respiration and the syringeal sound source.

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2019 Feb. 8 (F)

Topics: Reconstructing phonetics from fossils.

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2019 Feb. 6 (W)

Topics: Comparative primate vocal anatomy and physiology.

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2019 Feb. 4 (M)

Topics: HW 2 (held over): source-filter independence. Comparative primate vocal anatomy and physiology: the laryngeal source.

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Assignment: Announcement: Midterm 1 is set for 2/15 F. I'll post a midterm syllabus a week in advance.

2019 Feb. 1 (F)

Topics: Perturbation theory: Backness and F2. HW 2: harmonics vs. formants, source-filter independence, vowel space.

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2019 Jan. 30 (W)

Topics: Beyond schwa: Perturbation theory. Rounding and height.

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2019 Jan. 28 (M)

Topics: Beyond schwa: nodes and antinodes

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2019 Jan. 25 (F)

Topics: Laryngeal resting position and lowering in red deer (Fitch & Reby 2001).

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2019 Jan. 23 (W)

Topics: Position of the larynx in humans and other mammals.

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2019 Jan. 18 (F)

Topics: Resonances of a half-open tube; formants of schwa.

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Assignment for 1/23 W: Read

2019 Jan. 16 (W)

Topics: Source/filter theory. Empirical filtering properties of half-open tube.

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2019 Jan. 14 (M)

Topics: The source-filter model of mammalian vocal production. The larynx and phonation. f0. The glottal wave.

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2019 Jan. 11 (F)

Topics: Using Praat. The waveform display. Measuring duration and fundamental frequency. Fourier analysis and the spectrogram display.

Before class: The assignment from last time involved downloading this audio file. Make sure you have it, and open it up in Praat.

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Assignment for Monday, January 14:

2019 Jan. 9 (W)

Topics: Course organization. Praat. Intro to sound.

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Assignment for 1/11 (W):